2017 PGRSA Annual Conference

    The 44th Annual PGRSA Conference will be held August 6 – 10, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska. The PGRSA Annual Conference will provide individuals interested in plant growth regulation with the opportunity to present scientific research, exchange ideas and review presentations from leaders in the applied, basic and commercial fields of plant growth regulation. The conference will take place amid the breathtaking scenery and summer sunshine of Alaska and we will offer pre- and post-conference tours for participants that will provide them with the opportunity to explore the region.

    We are assembling an exciting lineup of world-renowned keynote speakers who'll be speaking on a range of topics that represent the diversity that is 21st Century plant growth regulation research, as well as some unique aspects of horticulture in Alaska.

    We also are offering up to four graduate student travel awards that include domestic airfare, complimentary conference registration and three nights hotel accommodations at the PGRSA negotiated room rate. Graduate students also have the opportunity to compete in the best student oral and poster presentation competitions. Stay tuned for more details about these awards.

    Conference registration is now open. This year we are offering a discounted early bird registration for anyone who registers before April 1, 2017. PGRSA members receive an additional $80 discount off their meeting registration. If you haven't renewed your PGRSA membership for 2017, do so today!

    Register Now! Become a Member!

    If you would like to receive email updates concerning the conference, contact pgrsa@pgrsa.org to be added to the PGRSA email list.

    Conference highlights will include:

  • 2017 Conference Invitation

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  • 2017 PGRSA Annual Conference Hotel, Travel & Tours

    Welcome to the 44th Annual Conference of the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America. The conference will be held August 6 – 10, 2017 at the Hilton Anchorage.

    Anchorage is a picturesque region featuring adventure and eco tours, glacier and wildlife cruises, bicycle tours, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, shopping, hunting, fishing, fine dining and entertainment. This site features the best of Anchorage!

    Hotel Accommodations

    The host hotel for this year’s conference is the spectacular Hilton Anchorage. Special room rates, starting at $225/night, have been negotiated.

    To keep costs as low as possible, the PGRSA makes certain commitments to our host hotels by guaranteeing them a certain number of rooms will be occupied by our attendees. In exchange, the host hotels offer us concessions and other perks. If we fail to meet our room night commitments, we are faced with hefty penalty fees. For this reason, PGRSA will charge a $250 Facilities Usage Fee for those who choose not to stay at the host hotel.

    View the hotel. Book your hotel room today!
    Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Tours

    The PGRSA pre-conference tour will take place on Sunday, August 6, 2017. The tour will showcase the natural wonders of Alaska with a trip to a Reindeer Farm, followed by a picturesque one-mile hike to the 200-foot-high Thunderbird Falls . The Thunderbird Falls Trail only gains 100 feet, making it an ideal trip for all outdoor enthusiasts. The fee for the pre-conference tour is $45 per person.

    The pre-conference tour schedule is as follows:

    • 1:00PM - Depart Hilton Anchorage
    • 2:00PM - Arrive Reindeer Farm, 5561 S Bodenburg Loop Rd, Palmer AK
    • 3:30PM - Depart Reindeer Farm
    • 4:00PM - Arrive Thunderbird Falls Trail (1 mile flat hike to 200 ft Thunderbird Falls)
    • 5:00PM - Depart Thunderbird Falls
    • 5:30PM - Arrive Hilton Anchorage

    The PGRSA post-conference tour will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2017. This tour will include a tour of the University of Alaska's Matanuska Experiment Farm, a visit to see Stephen Brown's giant cabbages, a lunch at Summit Lake, a visit to a Musk Ox Farm, a behind-the-scenes look at the Alaska Plant Materials Center and a walk through the Alaska Botanical Garden. The Matanuska Experiment farm includes 260 acres of cultivated land and 800 acres of forest land for research or demonstration purposes, as well as lab facilities for research on soils, plants and livestock. The 405-acre Plant Materials Center examines grains, grasses, fruits, potatoes, shrubs and trees for the potential use in Alaskan climates. The Alaska Botanical Garden consists of 110 acres of spruce and birch woodlands showcasing northern horticulture and native plants. The fee for the PGRSA post-conference tour is $95 per person.

    The post-conference tour schedule is as follows:

    • 8:00AM - Depart Hilton Anchorage
    • 8:45AM - Arrive Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 Georgeson Rd, Palmer AK
    • 10:00AM - Depart Matanuska Experiment Farm, travel to Hatcher Pass/Summit Lake; box lunch at Summit Lake
    • 12:15PM - Depart Hatcher Pass
    • 1:00PM - Arrive Musk Ox Farm, 12850 E. Archie Rd, Palmer AK
    • 2:00PM - Depart Musk Ox Farm
    • 2:30PM - Arrive Alaska Plant Materials Center, 5310 S. Bodenburg Spur, Palmer AK
    • 3:30PM - Depart Alaska Plant Materials Center
    • 4:30PM - Arrive Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Rd, Anchorage AK
    • 6:00PM - Depart Alaska Botanical Garden
    • 6:30PM - Arrive Hilton Anchorage

    You may sign up for the tours when you register for the 44th Annual PGRSA Conference.

  • Call for Abstracts

    Submit your abstract today! Submission deadline is June 15, 2017.

    Abstracts should be submitted as Microsoft Word files and must include the following information:

    5. ORAL or POSTER SUBMISSION (The PGRSA will make every attempt to honor the author’s preference, but reserves the right to reassign submissions as needed to accommodate the program schedule.)


    Online Abstract Submission

  • 2017 PGRSA Graduate Student Travel Award Application

    The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is pleased to announce new student travel awards for its 44th Annual Meeting, to be held in Anchorage, Alaska August 6-10, 2017. Up to four travel awards will be available for students presenting novel research on plant growth regulation. Travel awards will cover domestic airfare (up to $750), meeting registration, and 3 nights accommodation at the host hotel at the negotiated PGRSA room rate. Students must submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation and travel award application, and will also be required to complete a Proceedings publication (must be submitted prior to or during the meeting). This travel award makes presenting at this conference available to any student. In addition to travel awards, cash awards for best student oral and poster presentations also are available. Abstract submission opens January 15 and closes June 15. To apply for a student travel award please complete an application online by June 15, 2017.

    Apply Now!
  • Nominate a Student for the Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award

    The Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award recognizes excellence in the field of plant growth regulation. This award was initiated by Valent BioSciences Corporation, the world leader in plant growth regulators, to recognize outstanding initiative and creativity of young scientists. The award recognizes young individuals who have made significant scientific discoveries in plant growth regulation including basic plant physiology, hormone activity, or plant growth regulator products. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Historical Perspectives Award is invited to present a paper on their research in plant growth regulation at the PGRSA Annual Conference. The winner of the Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award receives free registration, a $500 honorarium, and a certificate of recognition at PGRSA proceedings.

    Nominate a Student!